Jess vs. being a fangirl

I’ve always thought that the programming the Stark County District Library puts together is pretty creative. But I’m especially fond of its latest venture, the Dr. Audrey Lavin Speak of Books Author Series, which brings acclaimed authors (with New York Times bestsellers, no less) here to Stark County to discuss their work and literature in general.

Oh so stylish

Locally owned Oh Style Boutique features the latest styles in women’s clothing and accessories. In December, the boutique opened its first storefront in North Canton. Oh Style offers sizes small to 3XL, with new pieces arriving weekly.

Hidden Gem: Walls of trolls

Almost 6,650 troll dolls “live” at The Troll Hole Art Emporium on Main Street in Alliance. The combination museum and art gallery also is the home of almost 19,000 pieces of troll memorabilia and troll-related art and clothing, said Sherry Groom, who owns the establishment with her husband, Jay Groom, and leads tours dressed as Sigrid the “Queen of Trolls.”

Jess vs. Imaginative Realism

Story book characters that come (nearly) to life. Fantastic beasts found mostly in video games. Sirens calling straight from the pages of comics. Fantasy and sci-fi currently are dueling it out for pop culture domination, and right now, you can visit a small slice of the battleground at the Canton Museum of Art.


Bare Naked Wools Boutique offers various types of natural, chemical- and dye-free yarn. Knitters also can buy patterns designed by owner Anne Hanson to guide them in their knit creations. Every Wednesday, Bare Naked Wools hosts an open-to-the-public knit night.